My Dying Bride
The Dreadful Hours


4.5
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Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
June 18th, 2008 | 113 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


After an hour of barely standing in a subtle thunderstorm, I question the length of impact previous events have taken towards the future. In this time we fear not life, but the flowing silence of shared pain between our mother and father. We barricade ourselves in holes of temperament just as we see the others pass by with beckoning smiles on their ugly faces. This could be a new dawn; a rite of spring. Could this be what people mean by joy, or is this a masquerade of dispossession" There is no such thing as living, only this moment that shall last as long as my mind is my might. Only this memory…nothing else is real. It’s a funeral procession of winds…catatonic lungs…no smell but this raw cloud of self-disgust and a poor lamentation…Yet as I sit there in a cacophonous restlessness the world around me has absolved into a barren, placid lake where the smoke acts as embers as they swirl and dance and enter my lungs so generously. The sky is empty and retains a harsh, blood red like that of a ruby moon. I can only sit along the edge of this sea that swallows the sun in a bleak, hopeless horizon…and the fire is dead.

That's just the first song. The emotional capacity of this cd is limitless. It's quite hard to find a capable band to take on such an erotic, enduring, and deeply dark substance of music. Even the artwork is brilliant.

Musically, it's more or less a diverse mix of tempos and atmospheres. You have songs such as The Raven and the Rose; relentlessly crushing for 6 minutes straight until it breaks down into a soft piano arrangement, and continues into a classic doom outro of melancholy guitar leads. There are also songs like Le Figlie Della Tempesta (Italian for daughters of the storm) that are almost reminiscent of The Cry of Mankind; long, epic, trance-like. My Hope, The Destroyer opens up with a soaring, brooding keyboard passage that bursts into a badass guitar rhythm, which breaks into another keyboard progression with tribal drum beats under them. There's a complete absence of violin however, which could upset some old school fans. As far as the other instruments go, they play off each other professionally and flawlessly. 100% original material here.

Lyrically, this is arguably the best Aaron has come up with in his career. He's started to branch out his topics as well, which has proven very interesting here. The Dreadful Hours is about a tragic son continually beaten by his father, who eventually beats him to death as the mother comes in begging for the son to wake up. The Raven and the Rose is about a happy girl who enjoys life, and a miserable boy can't stand it and murders her with a sickle. Then after Le Figlie Della Tempesta, which appears to be about the sirens, he continues on with his usual theme of love…or lack of. It's a bit odd how much better he gets at writing about this topic. He seems to prefer singing on this over his raspy scream for the most part, though his voice can get pretty ***ing creepy so it's not a bad thing by any means.

To say this is just another doom album would be disturbing. There is a feeling of achievement you can notice the band has reached, as they have reached a level of seduction that most bands cannot branch out to. Even if you've never enjoyed other My Dying Bride albums, this just might be your cup of tea, as it sets itself apart from the rest of the discography. Hell, even if you don't particularly like doom metal, this is still a worthwhile listen as it is one of a kind.

Mother, will you take me down, I have become so afraid
Mother, please, please take me down, I'm sorry your boy is not brave

We do not want you, nobody loves you
Father of the dark, tonight will greet you


Welcome to The Dreadful Hours



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fireaboveicebelow
June 18th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sooooooooooo close to a 5 rating it hurts, the last song kills it for me though 8(This Message Edited On 06.18.08

Pebster49
June 18th 2008


3003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great Review, the first two songs on this are sooo awesome...my favorite cd from these guys

beans
June 18th 2008


2328 Comments


great review man, i feel almost the exact same way about it

Det_Nosnip
June 18th 2008


374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not my favorite MDB album but one of my favorite bands...nice review!

foreverendeared
June 18th 2008


14677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i feel as though i should get this

Pebster49
June 18th 2008


3003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you should, you will be blown away

beans
June 18th 2008


2328 Comments


i'd recommend this to just about anyone

combustion07
June 18th 2008


5587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is amazing.

fireaboveicebelow
June 19th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks for all the comments everyone



this is definantly my favorite by them

This Message Edited On 06.19.08

Willie
Moderator
June 19th 2008


17302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, and this is definitely one of their better albums.

Digging: Adimiron - Et Liber Eris

Crysis
Emeritus
June 19th 2008


17288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really want this now.

rasputin
June 19th 2008


14954 Comments


yeah I'm still yet to hear it as well

fireaboveicebelow
June 19th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

is it bad that I don't like turn loose the swans?

Willie
Moderator
June 27th 2008


17302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

is it bad that I don't like turn loose the swans?
Yes, that's a terrible loss on your part!

Altmer
June 27th 2008


5700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is good but not a 4.5

Pebster49
June 27th 2008


3003 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really? I find it rediciously good Doom. My favorite release by MDB.

fireaboveicebelow
June 27th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree

foreverendeared
June 27th 2008


14677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you should, you will be blown away


you're right. i was pretty blown away, especially considering the lyrical content. i mean half the song have some pretty kick as* lyrics, but tracks 3,4, and 7 have some pretty shabby lyrics not to mention not very "metal." at least i don't consider love songs very metal. but besides all that i was pretty f*ckin blown away

Willie
Moderator
June 27th 2008


17302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

is it bad that I don't like turn loose the swans?
The album you shouldn't like by these guys is the "37.788% Complete" album. That one is terrible.
tracks 3,4, and 7 have some pretty shabby lyrics not to mention not very "metal." at least i don't consider love songs very metal.
None of those are what I'd consider typical love song lyrics though, plus the music is awesome (especially on track 3, one of my favorite MDB songs).

fireaboveicebelow
June 27th 2008


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The album you shouldn't like by these guys is the "37.788% Complete" album. That one is terrible.


I don't like that one either, but really this band is hit or miss with me. I really don't enjoy the first album at all, the second one is better but still not that great, the third is better still but not that great. I dunno, this is an odd band for me



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